Fighting Synthetic Marijuana Charges in Houston
Texas Synthetic Drug Law
In 2011, the state of Texas banned the sale of synthetic marijuana, making it a punishable offense to possess or sell. Also known as “spice” or “K2,” synthetic marijuana is a blend of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient that naturally occurs in real marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is now classified as a Schedule I drug, a categorization reserved for substances believed to be the most unsafe and highly abused and with no accepted medical uses.
If you are facing criminal charges related to synthetic marijuana, The Law Offices of Jed Silverman is prepared to help you. FREE consultations are available when you call (713) 597-2221.
Types of Charges Related to Synthetic Marijuana
“K2,” “Spice,” and other synthetic chemical compounds that mimic the pharmacological effects of natural marijuana are now illegal in Texas. In fact, it is because there are no pharmacological differences between the main chemical used to produce synthetic marijuana and real marijuana that it has been added to the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
An individual can be charged with any of the following in connection with synthetic marijuana:
- Drug manufacturing
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Possession with intent to distribute
While once legally sold in Texas, synthetic marijuana is now illegal to possess or sell now that the effects of these drugs are better understood. According to Chapter 12 of Texas Penal Code, individuals charged with possession, sale, or distribution may face the following charges and penalties:
- Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
- State felony drug possession: Up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- 3rd degree felony drug possession: From two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- 2nd degree felony drug possession: From two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- 1st degree felony drug possession: From five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Keep in mind that because synthetic marijuana is cheaper to produce and sell than natural marijuana, the quantities involved tend to be higher. This often pushes a possession offense into the felony range.
Defend Yourself Against Drug Possession Charges
Because synthetic marijuana was once legal in Texas, many people may not be aware that the law has changed and run the risk of criminal charges as they continue to possess these substances. If you, a family member, or a friend have been charged with possession, sale, or manufacture of synthetic marijuana, now is the time to secure trusted criminal defense representation.
As a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist (Texas Board of Legal Specialization), Attorney Jed Silverman has successfully handled countless drug cases and knows what it takes to effectively defend clients. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to drug charges and is prepared to do what is necessary to help preserve your rights and freedoms.
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